Wing Commander IV DVD

Thomas

Spaceman
I just picked up Wing Commander IV DVD interactive. I am having
problems with it finding the movie files on the disk. I get an error
message each time it goes to a movie segment, telling me it cant find
the file (it looks like it is looking in the wrong place, but I can't
figure out how to change it). The movies are there and run fine
separately. I have a Gateway 450, with windows 98. Is
this the problem? Are there any patches to get this to work? The
bootdisk in the readme file doesn't help and anyways the game has to run
under windows (this must be a newer, DVD version only). The readme file
is a bit of a joke.

Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
 

Thomas

Spaceman
Yes it is. In fact I tried it in my older ACER computer that only has a cd-rom player, figuring maybe my system is just too new for this program. The CD-Rom wouldn't even read the disk, kept kicking out that the CD player was not ready. Not that problem with my Gateway.

I am surprised that nobody seems to have this program.
 

Stinger

Vice Admiral
What brand DVD drive do you have? I have heard of similar problems before with Toshiba drives, though I don't recall if it was Toshiba-specific or just a problem with all non-Creative drives.
 

Thomas

Spaceman
It is a Panasonic DVD III. I have had the computer for about a year now.

Thanks for any input you can give.

Thomas
 

TC

SubCrid
Shoot... The game DEFINATELY works with creative DVD hardware MPEG decoders, there is a way to make it work with other hardware/software but it takes some fiddling and I can't really remember how to do it.

TC

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CAG of the Blacklance HQ
"Canadian and proud of it"-TC
 

Thomas

Spaceman
BTW, is this WCIV DVD the full game found elsewhere under just WCIV?

What was the reason this was issued, if the full game was already out?

Just wondering (nothing works yet, will try again tonight).
 

TC

SubCrid
I'm fairly sure it was the decoder....
The DVD was released bundled with some Creative DVD-ROM+Decoders. So it is tailored to work with it... Though some work will make this work with other drives (I think it may say in the alt.games.wing-commander FAQ)

TC

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CAG of the Blacklance HQ
"Canadian and proud of it"-TC
 

Stinger

Vice Admiral
Yes, this is the full game. The difference is that the DVD version has much higher quality sound and FMV and a slightly altered HUD.
 

cff

Kilk'dymga'qith laq Ik'vikvi
WC4-DVD is AFAIK decoder sensitive, not drive sensitive (no personal experience)
As for the 'hack': It was suggested that you associate VOB files in win.ini or system.ini (forgot which one) with your DVD player. On most cases this was reported to work
 

Stinger

Vice Admiral
Well, on a hunch (meaning this doesn't involve getting your hands dirty with one of the .ini files), you would start up Windows Explorer, find a VOB file (should be some on the WC4 discs), ctrl-right-click it, and select Open With. Make sure the checkbox that says Always Use This Program is checked and then double-click on your DVD movie player. That should be it....
 
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